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Author Schmidt, Norman B

Title Taxometrics : toward a new diagnostic scheme for psychopathology / Norman B. Schmidt, Roman Kotov, Thomas E. Joiner
Edition 1st ed
Published Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, 2004


Description 1 online resource (xi, 198 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction : taxometrics can "do diagnostics right" -- Ch. 1. The nature of classification -- Ch. 2. Evolution of classification in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : current problems and proposed alternatives -- Ch. 3. An analytic primer : how do you do taxometrics? -- Ch. 4. Diagnosing a taxon : specific applications for the DSM -- Ch. 5. Taxometric studies of psychopathology : where are the taxa? -- Ch. 6. Taxometric studies of psychopathology : future directions
Summary "The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) provides a common language for mental health professionals and enhances the reliability of diagnoses; however, it does have its limitations. Notably, there is little basis for its current categorical representation of diagnostic entities. In this volume, Schmidt, Kotov, and Joiner present an alternative approach for developing the DSM - taxometrics, and applied data-analytic tool that discerns categories from continua and establishes defining indicators of identified categories. Integrating the work of Paul Meehl and colleagues, the book begins the task of "true diagnostics," that is, the application of taxometrics to psychopathological syndromes. In the book, the authors review what is known about the categorical nature of diagnoses, provide a user-friendly primer about taxometrics, and describe the methodology for applying taxometric procedures to diagnostic categories in the DSM. This book will be of interest to any mental health professional who is committed to the refinement of diagnostic procedures."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-189) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Mental illness -- Classification.
Mental illness -- Classification
Mental illness -- Diagnosis.
Public health.
Physical sciences.
Mental illness.
Statistics as Topic -- methods
Mental Disorders
Public Health
Natural Science Disciplines
classification (information handling function)
mental disorders.
documentation (activity)
public health.
physical sciences.
Mental illness
Mental illness -- Classification
Mental illness -- Diagnosis
Psychische St├Ârung
Numerische Taxonomie
Genre/Form Classification
Form Electronic book
Author Joiner, Thomas E
Kotov, Roman
American Psychological Association.
Ovid Technologies, Inc.
Other Titles PsycBooks (Ovid)